Day 3 Izmir and Ephesus
Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
15Trip End Jul 13, 2013
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We notice a difference in climate in Ephesus- very hot. When we arrive we realize that the entire 2hr tour is outside. We scrambled for hats and sunblock.
We began our tour expecting a few ruins and stones but were shocked to see a whole Greek/Roman city dating from the 3rd century BC. A spectacular sight. We strolled through the entire complex viewing everything from Main Street to the library to the 25,000 seat amphitheater. Truly awesome, the largest archeological site in the world
Next up was a short trip to a pottery factory where we saw a demonstration of pottery making,drying,and painting. Shirley tried her hand at forming a small vase and did a great job. Several folks bought pieces and had them shipped home. We stopped for a light lunch at a nearby country restaurant and noticed that in this part of the country the focus was on veggies rather than meat (ala Istanbul).
We then travelled 4 miles southwest to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Mary travelled to Ephesus with St. John and died in this house which is the site of many pilgrimages.
We said goodbye to our guide and made the 3 hr drive to Denizili.
We arrived at the Demasuss Hotel, had dinner on the 7th (top floor), and took an after-dinner walk in town